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Legends of China

  • Walk the UNESCO listed Great Wall of China
  • Visit the Forbidden City & Terracotta Warriors
Includes Return International Flights

Experience the very best of China with this 10-day highlights tour.

Discover the modern metropolises of Beijing and Shanghai, and visit UNESCO world heritage sites in Suzhou and Hangzhou, the traditional summer retreats of Chinese royalty. Walk along the remarkable Great Wall, a true wonder of the ancient world, plus enjoy a Beijing city tour taking in Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and much more. Travel by high-speed bullet train to Xi’an, and tick the famed Terracotta Warriors and Horses off your bucket list. With return international flights, eight nights hotel accommodation, ten meals including a special Peking duck dinner and English-speaking guides and more.

ITINERARY

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Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide for Beijing, China! Fly with China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines or Air China to name a few (subject to availability). Upon arrival, a tour representative will meet you at the airport and then escort you to check into your hotel. *Please note some flights might depart the night before.

Chang An Grand Hotel / Schonbrunn Hotel / Ritan International Hotel / Friendship Hotel OR Novotel Sanyuan, Beijing Meals included: In-Flight

Your exploration of Beijing begins with a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world, and then takes in the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum, was originally constructed by the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Yong Le, where 24 emperors once lived successionally. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700’s and onwards. Afterwards, visit a Pearl Factory to gain a little knowledge of fresh pearls. In the afternoon, take the opportunity to join an optional tour (not included) to see Beijing’s 700 year old Hutong's (narrow lanes) area by old fashioned pedicab, plus visit a local family living in a courtyard style home to experience the local customs of old Beijing. The optional tour also includes a visit to Shichahai, a historic scenic area consisting of three lakes (Qianhai, meaning Front Sea; Houhai, meaning Back Sea and Xihai, meaning West Sea), surrounding places of historic interest and scenic beauty and remnants of old-style local residences, Hutong and Courtyard. Tonight enjoy a special welcome dinner at a local restaurant featuring the famous Peking duck.

Chang An Grand Hotel / Schonbrunn Hotel / Ritan International Hotel / Friendship Hotel OR Novotel Sanyuan, Beijing Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

On the way to the Great Wall, stop at a Jade Museum to learn the history of Jade. In Chinese, jade is pronounced as "Yu", and has a history of at least four thousand years in China. Observe skilled artisans at work as they create intricate designs. Afterwards take a scenic drive through the countryside and mountains en route to China's most renowned monument—the Great Wall. Visit the less-visited and more original Juyong Pass, avoiding other sections which are the most accessible and consequently most crowded. The Great Wall meanders through China's northern mountain ranges from the Yellow Sea to the Gobi Desert—a distance of over 3500 miles! Tonight, take the opportunity to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, “The Golden Mask Dynasty” (not included).

Chang An Grand Hotel / Schonbrunn Hotel / Ritan International Hotel / Friendship Hotel OR Novotel Sanyuan, Beijing Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

After breakfast visit the famous store “Tongrentang” and enjoy some free time in Wangfujing, the main shopping district in Beijing. Then transfer to Beijing Railway Station for a high speed train ride to Xian (approximately a 5-hour journey). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

Grand Noble Hotel, Xian Meals included: Breakfast

The highlight today is a visit to the Terracotta Warriors & Horses Museum. Unearthed near Xi’an, the hundreds of life size sculptures of soldiers, chariots, and horses are considered a world wonder. With different facial expressions and weaponry adorning each soldier, the Terracotta Warriors were believed to have been created to accompany the Qin Emperor into the afterlife. This site is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. You will be definitely amazed by the scale of the Terracotta Warriors Army. Afterwards visit the Terracotta Warriors Reproduction Factory and then transfer to Xian Airport for your evening flight to Hangzhou.

Pujing Hotel OR Hai Wai Hai Baina Hotel, Hangzhou Meals included: Breakfast

Start this amazing day with a small boat ride on the West Lake, admiring the ethereal beauty of Hangzhou's willow draped islands. Hangzhou is considered the tea capital of China, so a visit to the city isn’t complete without a trip to a local tea house. Make a special visit to the Tea House at Meijiawu Tea Village in the hinterland of West Lake Park, considered one of the most important Longjing tea productions in China. Admire the beautiful village scenery while learning more about the special tea culture of China, and how to appreciate the sophisticated taste and aroma of Longjing tea. At the Tea House, learn how to make the Longjing Tea including tea leaves picking, frying and tasting. Next, drive to Suzhou (approximately a 2-hour coach ride). Suzhou, which dates back to 514 BC, is sometimes called the "Venice of the East". Visit beautiful Shan Tang Street, one of the most popular streets in Suzhou. There is an option to take a cruise along the Grand Canal (not included).

Vienna International Hotel OR Nanya Hotel, Suzhou Meals included: Breakfast

Today visit the famous Lingering Garden, recognised along with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. China is renowned for its exquisite silk, so naturally a visit to the Silk Spinning Factory is in order. Next, drive to Shanghai (approximately a 2-hour coach ride) to visit the famous Bund. Shanghai is divided by the Huang Pu River into eastern and western sections. Modern mega high rises are seen on the eastern side while traditional European style architecture may be seen on the western side. The Bund is a five-block riverfront promenade with many of Shanghai's banks and trading houses. Tonight there is an optional activity to watch a superb and thrilling Chinese Acrobatic Show “ERA: The Intersection of Time” (not included).

Howard Johnson Hong Qiao OR Holiday Inn Express, Shanghai Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, step back in time at the Shanghai Museum - home to more than 120,000 objects and artworks. Enjoy some free time at leisure this afternoon or join an optional half-day tour of Shanghai (not included) including Yu Garden, believed to have been built in the Ming Dynasty, more than 400 years ago. The exquisite layout, beautiful scenery, and the artistic style of the garden architecture have made the garden one of the highlights of Shanghai. Other attractions include Xintiandi, Old Town and Nanjing Road. In the evening, take the opportunity to join the optional “Night Cruise on the Huangpu River” (not included).

Howard Johnson Hong Qiao OR Holiday Inn Express, Shanghai Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast enjoy some free time to explore cosmopolitan Shanghai and then bid farewell to China and transfer to the airport for your homeward flight to Australia.

Meals included: In-Flight

Tour Inclusions

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- Discover the highlights of Beijing, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai
- Visit the impressive Tiananmen Square
- Explore the UNESCO listed Forbidden City
- Learn about pearls at a Freshwater Pearl Centre
- Visit a local Jade Museum and see artisans at work
- Walk along the Great Wall of China
- Enjoy some free time in Wangfujing, a shopping district in Beijing
- See the ancient Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xi'an
- Visit the Terracotta Warriors reproduction factory
- Take a boat ride on West Lake in Hangzhou
- Learn about Longjing Tea at Meijiawu Tea Village, includes tasting
- Wander down ancient Shantang Street in Suzhou
- Visit Suzhou’s Lingering Garden and a silk spinning factory
- Explore The Bund promenade in Shanghai
- Visit the inspiring Shanghai Museum
- Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL
- One internal flight: Xi’an - Hangzhou
- 8 nights in 4-5 star hotel accommodation
- Enjoy 10 meals including a special Peking duck dinner
- Airline taxes and surcharges
- Professional English-speaking guides
- Transportation by A/C coach
- One way high speed bullet train from Beijing to Xi’an (economy class)
- All transfers

Customer Reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to China in May this year, it was just wow from start to finish, the accommodation was 5 star, the weather was perfect! blue skies... our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, funny and helpful. the sights were amazing, we met some wonderful new friends, i highly recommend China as a holiday destination and TripADeal as a travel agent. Can’t wait to book our next trip with TripADeal.

Mellisa P, NSW

We returned from our trip to China happy with accommodations, tour inclusions, local tour guides and our wonderful fellow travellers. We enjoyed wonderful experiences and sharing these with people on the tour. China was an amazing country to visit. So many pinch me moments such as climbing the great wall, the terracotta warriors,walking through the Forbidden City cruising down the Yangtze,riding the Maglev train and not but least the sheer scale of cities.Which Tripadeal next is the dilemma.

Ann G, NSW

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